MAHLER Symphony No. 6 / Kubelik


Symphony No. 6
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Rafael Kubelik
Int. Release 05 Jan. 2015
1 CD / Download
0289 478 7897 1

Track List

Gustav Mahler (1860 - 1911)
Symphony No. 6 in A Minor

Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik

Total Playing Time 1:14:16

This Sixth sounds terrific . . . the Bavarians play with great intensity and strength. Kubelik's urgent pacing gives the music its menace when needed, and the whole symphony retains its tragic air without suffocating in its own weight . . . the balance of beauty and pain here is very effective. The orchestra follows their leader's every whim . . . the sound is earthy and quite moving. The inner movements are really very beautiful and feature all the hallmarks of a classic Kubelik performance. The brass are strong, but also very warm . . . [Kubelik] humanizes the composer in a way that few have done before or since, and the results are quite moving . . . [the Finale has] absolutely stunning playing allied to real tragedy . . . Kubelik certainly presents his vision with tremendous conviction, and the sound remains fine . . . in terms of pure musical value, this disc -- and indeed the entire cycle -- ranks high.